Japan Sweeps Netherlands in Exhibition Play

In a second extra inning game Japan defeated Netherlands for a second time, this one 12-10. Pitching was again absent in this second game. Seiya Suzuki hit a grand slam homerun in the top of the tenth to give Japan the victory. With his two run double in the seventh he finished the game with six RBIs. Netherlands chipped in two runs in the bottom of the tenth but despite three wild pitches in the inning Kodai Senga struck out the last three hitters he faced.

Netherlands raced out to an early 4-1 lead with Yurendell de Caster leading the charge with an RBI single in the first and a two run double in the second. Ricardo Dashenko, who stroked an RBI single in the tenth added an RBI single in the first. The Netherlands left the bases loaded in the opening frame.

Japan got a solo shot from Nobuhiro Matsuda in the fourth but the Netherlands stormed back for four more runs to run their lead up to 8-2. A 3-run blast by Sharlon Schoop scored all their runs in the fifth.

Japan exploded for six runs in the seventh, four players hitting two baggers to ignite the inning. Wendall Floranus and Bayron Cornelisse could only retire one of the seven batters they faced. Other than the two run double from Suzuki, Tetsuto Yamada had a two run single for the other key hit. Shohei Otani started the rally with a two run double and then was intentionally walked the second time he came to bat in the inning. It appears the Europeans are aware of his batting prowess.

Japan loaded the bases in the eighth and put two runners on in the ninth but could not score. The Netherlands walked 11 hitters in the game, two intentionally.

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